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Best Running And Hiking Trails In The Suburbs

Some runners have no problem lacing up their shoes and hitting the concrete, no matter where they are. Others, present company included, sometimes need some incentive… Like a beautiful running trail.

05/12/2015

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Best Summer Half Marathons In Chicago

The benefits of running are numerous. Some do it purely for physical health, while some find it helps with mental health, too. Others simply find running fun, enjoying the rush that comes with the challenge.

05/11/2015

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Celebrate National Karaoke Week With These Chicago Spots

These are the best karaoke spots in Chicago. Some might say one person can’t make an objective list of the best anything. Those people are wrong.

04/23/2015

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Best Singer-Songwriters In Chicago

Music is a big part of the Chicago scene and Chicago is the place to find the best singers and songwriters.

07/24/2014

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National Hamburger Day: Where To Burg In Chicago

Happy National Hamburger Day! The modern burger, as we know it, was basically invented by White Castle. Yes, it was their sliders that caused this delight to be craved by all of America (though this was in the 1920s, before Crave Cases existed). With that said, you can do better than White Castle. It is National Hamburger Day after all.

05/28/2014

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28 Must-Eat Sandwiches From Around The World

When it comes to global gastronomy, the sandwich reigns supreme. Which is why we put together this handy guide to the world’s best/most representative national sandwiches.

03/20/2014

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The Best (Worst) Of SkyMall

Check out the best things that are actually the worst from Skymall.

01/02/2014

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Chicago Businesses Creating Doughnut Gelato Sandwiches & Generally Blowing Our Minds

Black Dog Gelato, who serves up some of the best gelato in all of Chicago, and Glazed & Infused, who makes some of the best doughnuts in all of Chicago, are combining their super powers to create something I’d consider selling my soul to the devil for…

08/27/2013

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Guide To Wicker Park Fest

With something for everyone, Wicker Park Fest is packed full of music, food and family activities. It’s a great way to explore the neighborhood and the variety of shops, restaurants and fashion unique to the area. Your $5 donation benefits Burr Elementary School and the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber Of Commerce. Check it out this weekend, July 27-28th.

07/26/2013

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Best Burgers In Chicago: Hop Haus

If you can get past the TVs and packed sports nights, Hop Haus makes a mean burger. In fact, they make many mean burgers with their cadre of meats and toppings. BUT, how do these burgers measure up to all the other burger bars in the city? Let’s find out…

11/14/2012

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Father’s Day Gifts Dad Doesn’t Want

With Father’s Day gift-buying guides lurking around seemingly every corner of the Interwebs, I thought adding another one to the mix might be a little like randomly throwing another kid into the Duggar clan; probably no one would take notice…

06/12/2012

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Best Mobile Apps For A Busy Family

It’s rare parents go anywhere without their smart phones anymore; these hand-held mini computers are used for so much more than just making phone calls and receiving texts, so it’s no wonder that so many applications have been developed specifically for families and little ones. Here’s a list of some wonderful apps for families.

05/11/2012

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Places To Trick A Meat-Eater Into Veggie Dining

So you’ve got a friend, or a loved one, or a dining companion of any kind that has a thing for eatin’ animals. And you, you enlightened political activist or health-conscious lovely creature, you probably want to avoid watching said companion consume parts of an animal while you converse or cavort. But man… it’s a bummer trying to inflict vegetarian dining on someone. So why not just do it covertly? We’ve picked out five places that shouldn’t set off major meatless alarms…

04/26/2012

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Earth Day With The Kids

The last two weekends in April promise to be green in the Chicagoland in so many ways with trees budding and unfurling their leaves and both Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations in full swing around the city and suburbs. Mark your calendars for Earth Day Sunday, April 22, and Arbor Day Friday, April 27, and take a peak below to plan out how to celebrate our great Earth with the kiddos while teaching them ways to be good stewards of our precious resources.

04/18/2012

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Best Furniture Stores In Chicago

Whether you have just moved to a new place or you’re looking to redesign a room in your home, Chicago has a few furniture stores for different tastes or to achieve that certain look. From great deals to expensive artifacts, there’s a little something for everyone.

04/17/2012

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Best Vegetarian Sandwiches In Chicago

The competition for the five best vegetarian sandwiches in Chicago is stiff. First, you have to determine what will be constituted a sandwich, but that’s a whole different story. Generally, I accept a sandwich as being 2 slices of bread (or a bun, or something resembling the aforementioned versions of the almighty carbohydrate) and fillin’ or fixins therein between. Following that very weak guideline, here’s a list of the 5 best vegetarian sandwiches Chicago has to offer.

04/16/2012

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Wrigley Field Rooftop Guide

If you’re planning a North side baseball outing with modern amenities in mind, or with a group to accommodate, the Wrigley rooftops are an ideal alternative. The rooftop experience is something like watching a game in a nice bar with an actual view of the game, cleaner restrooms, and (usually) shorter food/beer lines. Gather some friends and pick a date, or start nudging the boss to get the summer office party plans rolling. Anyway, there are 16 rooftops to choose from, so here’s the breakdown.

04/10/2012

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2012 Guide To The Shedd Aquarium

Be one of the two million guests this year that visits the Shedd Aquarium, a national historic landmark. The aquarium, situated on the beautiful Lake Michigan lakefront, houses more than 32,500 animals. Spend a day learning about all sorts of animals that live in locations ranging from the Pacific Northwest to a Philippine coral reef.

03/28/2012

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Hazel: Unique Luxury You Can’t Live Without In Chicago

Stores like Hazel can be dangerous. The eclectic boutique in Ravenswood has side-by-side locations, one for unique, lust-worthy gifts and one for unique (and equally lust-worthy) men’s and women’s apparel. Both are smartly curated and expertly staffed, making Hazel an irresistible vortex of goods where shoppers can’t escape without wanting to snap up everything in sight.

03/27/2012

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A Chicago Bar That Is Worth The Price: The Aviary

When one of the arguably greatest chefs in the world opens a cocktail joint, expectations are inevitably high. Grant Achatz, the former French Laundry study and mastermind behind Alinea and Next, brings his imaginative take on food and drink to his cocktail bar, the Aviary.

03/22/2012

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